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Papal Relic to be Venerated at Philadelphia Cathedral

The relic is a vial of blood from the recently canonized Pope Saint John Paul II.

"2013 Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul from across the Benjamin Franklin Parkway 2" by Beyond My Ken - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
"2013 Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul from across the Benjamin Franklin Parkway 2" by Beyond My Ken - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
A first-class relic of Pope Saint John Paul II will be venerated this weekend at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Monday.

The relic, a vial of the recently canonized saint's blood, will be exposed for public veneration between all of the Masses at the Cathedral Basilica.

The relic will be exposed after the following:
  • 5:15 p.m. Saturday Mass in the Basilica;
  • 8 a.m. Sunday Mass in the Cathedral Chapel;
  • 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass in the Basilica;
  • 11 a.m. Sunday Mass in the Basilica;
  • 12:30 p.m. Sunday Spanish Mass in the Cathedral Chapel;
  • 3 p.m. Divine Mercy Chaplet in the Basilica;
  • 6:30 p.m. Sunday Mass in the Basilica.
"At the conclusion of each Mass on Saturday and Sunday, there will be a blessing with the Relic of Pope Saint John Paul II asking for his heavenly intercession," the Archdiocese said in a statement. "Everyone is welcome to the Cathedral Basilica for this weekend of devotion."

The Cathedral Basilica is at 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.


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